UN Secretary General ‘Horrified’ At Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire


UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed horror and sadness at the devastation of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris as fire tore through the 12th-century symbol of faith and architectural brilliance, days just before the world will celebrate Easter.

The colossal fire swept through the famed cathedral in central Paris, causing a spire to collapse and threatening to destroy the entire masterpiece and its precious artworks.

The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky.

“Horrified by the pictures coming from Paris with the fire engulfing Notre-Dame Cathedral – a unique example of world heritage that has stood tall since the 14th century. My thoughts are with the people and government of France,” Secretary-General Guterres said in a tweet as images began to flash on television and social media of a burning Notre- Dame Cathedral.


The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Around 400 firefighters battled the blaze for nearly five hours. According to Paris City Hall, the fire started shortly before 7pm Paris time yesterday.